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Raithwaite Hall afternoon tea

Afternoon tea Raithwaite Hall near Whitby North Yorkshire

For the last stop on our mini-tour of England, we headed up the Yorkshire coast from Scarborough to just past Whitby. I'd been invited to sample afternoon tea at Raithwaite Hall. They've just hired Heidi Stevens, a former pastry chef on Sir Richard Branson's private resort Necker Island, where she created the afternoon tea menu for ...

Ox Pasture Hall hotel

Review: Ox Pasture Hall hotel and wedding venue, near Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

After a week’s camping, culminating in a hard night’s partying, we were ready for four walls and a roof, a bath and a proper bed. It wasn’t time for home yet, but lucky for us we had been invited to stay at Ox Pasture Hall, a country hotel set in the North York Moors National Park, ...

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival fashion: New Look paisley print kimono

After a couple of days in London, we jumped back in the car and headed back up north for our annual festival weekend. Although on the same weekend as the world’s most famous festival at Worthy Farm, we were going to Grassington, not Glastonbury. Still, there were fields and live music, and with my wristband on I ...

Ask Her Friends blogger panel

Ask Her Friends blogger panel July

For the third and final time, I'm sharing the month's Ask Her Friends blogger panel picks. Remember, this is where Ask Her Friends calls on its panel of bloggers to pick out their best things on site. I've loved being a part of it and was always spoilt for choice when trying to select just four or five ...

Summer wish list

Summer 2014 wish list - Topshop, Marc Jacobs, Whistles, Zara, Asos, Stuart Weitzman, Alphabet Bags

So summer is being pretty kind to us Brits this year, no? How have you been spending these sunny days? As you know, I've been away camping and we've been busy making progress with the house renovation. I've been going out more than usual after work, the snatched hours of evening sun making up for all the time ...

What I wore: floral trousers

Floral trousers at Eltham Palace London

After just a handful of days in Norfolk, several weeks of solid toil at work and at home were forgotten and we were completely relaxed. Unfortunately, our zen-like state was about to change. Our next stop was London and driving into the capital would send our stress levels soaring - albeit for a very good reason. My brother ...

Colourful Norfolk

Cromer, Norfolk

We've just taken two weeks off work, when we planned to have a few days away camping and make some progress on the kitchen renovation. Unusually, wall-to-wall sunshine was predicted from day 1. We toyed with the idea of going away a few days earlier and for longer than planned. Pros of doing this = we could enjoy ...

Cabins and Covet, Ilkley

Covet, Ilkley

So, over the last few weeks I've had quite a lot of days and breaks away during various trips around Britain. I'm very behind with telling you about these places, so I'm afraid over the next few days you might feel like you're being taken on a whirlwind tour of the country. Today we're going back in time to ...

A boy, a girl and a bike

A boy, a girl and a bike 1940s photo shoot in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Bike fever has well and truly taken over in Yorkshire, with the Tour de France being here this week. So I thought it fitting to share this lovely 1940s-style fashion shoot, visualised by West Yorkshire designers and photographed by Shelly of Toast of Leeds around Hebden Bridge, where the Tour will pass through on Sunday. The shoot was ...

Tour de France in Yorkshire

Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire, Tour de France route 2014

It's 18 months since I stood in the snow outside Leeds town hall, watching a spectacular firework display celebrating the news that Yorkshire would host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Now it's upon us, and bikes are everywhere. On Saturday, the peloton will ride from Leeds to Harrogate taking in the Yorkshire Dales, before York ...

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